Front of a historic white adobe mission with narrow windows, a wooden door, and a belltower.

Sights in Scottsdale, Arizona

Want to know what to see in Scottsdale? Many of the city’s historic and cultural attractions center on Old Town, while North Scottsdale is home to two must-see attractions: the fabulous Musical Instrument Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, Taliesin West. Kathleen Bryant gives an overview of the best sights in Scottsdale.

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Autumn Festivals and Events in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona’s cultural calendar encompasses everything from intimate studio tours to grand galas. Most large outdoor events are scheduled for fall, when the weather is at its finest. Kathleen Bryant suggests some of the top events to enjoy.

Blue painted cobblestones in the foreground with a row of colonial buildings.

Shopping in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan

People love to shop in Old San Juan because it offers the widest variety of unique shopping options in one pedestrian-friendly place. This is the place to go for fine jewelry, imported clothing and furnishings, cigars, folk art, tourist trinkets, and American chain stores, such as Marshalls, Walgreens, and Radio Shack.

The centro histórico neighborhood known more commonly as Praia Grande or Reviver. Photo © Mariana Costa, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

São Luís, the Island Capital of Maranhão

Maranhão’s island capital is bursting with cultural riches and has a flavor quite unlike any other of Brazil’s northeastern cities. São Luís is a seafood lover’s paradise with a colonial center recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read on for accommodations, nightlife, and everything else you need to plan a visit.

Multi-level shopping center filled with stalls.

Shopping in Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza is a good place to stock up on pieces to add to your burgeoning folk art collection. You’ll find lots of wood carvings, ceramics, and leather goods, but two artisanal traditions that really stand out are woven hammocks and lacework.